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Venetian Court

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 189
Date: 1879
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 293 x 200 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.230; M.227
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


building, canal, courtyard, lantern, , people.


Two different titles have been recorded, as follows:

'Court Yard, Venice' (1904, Boston). 1
'Venetian Court' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 2

Mansfield's title 'Venetian Court' has been generally accepted by later cataloguers.

1: Boston 1904 (cat. no. 156).

2: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 227).


A tall, rectangular entrance flanked by pillars opens into a passage roofed with heavy wooden beams. Just inside the entrance, at top right, is a lantern on a bracket. This passage leads to a small courtyard, with an open door at the back left, in which a woman is sitting. Above it is a small window covered with a rectangular iron grid, and above and to right a larger window similarly barred; between these is what is either a buttress or chimney. On the left wall there are windows above door level, some with louvered shutters, and on the floor above them, windows with open shutters.


Sottoportico e Calle de la Panada, Cannaregio, Venice, Italy. Grieve points out that Whistler sat in a gondola to draw the view, and drew another etching nearby, Gondola under a Bridge 227. 3 Also in the area Whistler drew Ponte Piovan 220 and Quiet Canal 224.

3: Grieve 2000[more], p. 91, fig. 98.